Fruit & Nuts
Michigan State University Extension provides educational programs and publications based on applied research for Michigan fruit crops including apples, pears, blueberries, chestnuts, brambles, plums, cherries, grapes, peaches, strawberries and hops. These educational resources provide valuable help to Michigan growers and consumers regarding fruit pest management, food safety, business management, food processing, horticultural practices, irrigation and weed management.
August 19, 2014 | Annemiek Schilder | Downy mildew and powdery mildew are present in grapes. The period of highest susceptibility has mostly passed, but infections may still be actively sporulating. Scout for symptoms and use a combination of protectant and systemic fungicides for control.
August 19, 2014 | Annemiek Schilder | Humid conditions are conducive to leaf rust in blueberries. Scout fields for the tell-tale orange spore pustules on the undersides of leaves. If rust is found, apply an effective fungicide to minimize the potential for premature defoliation.
August 19, 2014 | Amy Irish-Brown | Cooler weather has slowed insect and crop development.
August 19, 2014 | Bob Tritten | Paula Red apple harvest is complete at most farms, with Earligold and Zestar coming along quickly.
August 19, 2014 | Emily Pochubay | Cherry harvest is winding down in northwest Michigan.
August 19, 2014 | Nikki Rothwell | Free, educational sessions on cherries, grapes and hops are open to all at the Northwest Michigan Horticulture Research Center annual open house in Traverse City, Michigan.
August 19, 2014 | Bill Shane | Blueberry, peach, plum and raspberry harvest continues while pear harvest has begun. Soils are very dry in southwest Michigan.
August 19, 2014 | Carlos García-Salazar | Spotted wing Drosophila continues to show up in all berry crops. Growers need to intensify their monitoring efforts.
August 18, 2014 | Julianna Wilson | No brown marmorated stink bugs were caught during the week of Aug. 8-15, 2014.
August 15, 2014 | Curtis Talley Jr. | Irrigation water costs and availability in Michigan are considerably different than California in 2014.
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Date: Aug 21, 2014
Location: Lemon Creek Winery, 533 E. Lemon Creek Rd., Berrien Springs, MI 49013
Date: Aug 27, 2014
Date: Sep 4, 2014
Location: 6686 S. Center Highway, Traverse City, MI 49684
- Breakfast on the Farm
- Grape Days
- Growing Michigan Agriculture Conference
- Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for Christmas Trees
- Michigan MarketMaker
- Michigan Spring Peach Update
- Northwest Orchard & Vineyard Show
- Statewide & Regional Fruit Meetings
- Tilling the Soil of Opportunity
- Tree Fruit Integrated Pest Management School